Bomb blast kills Iraqi soldier, wounds two others in Diyala

Iraqi soldiers carry a victim of an armed attack

Diyala ( – Three Iraqi soldiers were killed and wounded Tuesday in a bomb blast in the eastern province of Diyala, a security source was quoted as saying.

“A soldier was martyred and two others were wounded when an explosive charge targeted their armored vehicle at Ibrahim el-Mazkour village on the outskirts of Buhriz, east of Baqubah,” the source told IKH News on Tuesday.

“Army forces have been deployed to find perpetrators of the bomb attack,” he added.

No group has so far claimed responsibility for the attack, but the Islamic State (IS) militant group, in most cases, is responsible for attacks targeting crowded areas, including markets, cafes and mosques across Iraq.

Violence in the country has surged further with the emergence of Islamic State extremist militants who proclaimed an “Islamic Caliphate” in Iraq and Syria in 2014.

The surge in violence between armed groups and government forces has resulted in over five million internally displaced persons across Iraq and left more than 11 million in need of humanitarian assistance, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

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